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The Importance of Protest

Wednesday November 9th will be another history-making day for politics.

Having lost the battle against the 9K university fees, students are still coming out in their droves to get riled up about cuts to education and the public sector. The NUS along with many other unions across the country have set the 9th as another day of activism, inviting thousands of students, lecturers, teachers, public sector workers and allies to tell the government that we’re not happy with what they want to do with our rights. Some say that the damage has already been done but if we don’t keep fighting then what pressure are we putting on them to change that? Campaign groups say that these education cuts will hit groups that are already marginalised like working class students, racial minorities and even women. We have to defend our rights as students and as citizens of a just and fair society.

Two students are even going as far as pursuing legal action against the government on the grounds of breaching human rights to accessible education. This is serious stuff. http://www.thenationalstudent.com/News/2011-11-03/Students_launch_a_legal_campaign_against_tuition_fees.html

It may not feel like much but by hopping on a bus with other SUSU students and walking around London for the day, you become representative of all those who couldn’t be there to fight their corner. SUSU will be marching. Again. Join us!

Book your bus ticket via the box office and find out more details here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=313843248630814

 

 

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2 Comments on "The Importance of Protest"

  1. Equality & Diversity Officer
    Gemma
    06/11/2011 at 4:06 pm Permalink

    It was organised by the NCAFC not the NUS. The NUS shamefully voted against holding a demonstration at conference. The NUS have however endorsed the demonstration, which might be why you are confused.

    This demonstration is about more than the rise in fees (and the cuts to the HE budget and EMA). The governments latest attacks proposed within the innocuous sounding ‘White Paper’ are a hundred times more destructive. Universities will not continue as they have been but with higher fees. We will begin to see the creation of a two tier education system where the majority lose out.

    At the moment each university has a guaranteed proportion of high achieving students, those who get AAB at A level, in order to prevent excessive polarisation in the system. From next year this cap will be removed completely, allowing open competition for these students. This will lead to a concentration of high attaining students in a few ‘elite’ universities, while starving institutions lower down league tables of undergraduates with the best A levels.

    On top of this institutions which don’t attract these AAB students will be punished if they continue to charge 9k fees. They will have their quota of students reduced, at a big financial loss. This creates a massive incentive for non-elite universities to provide budget degrees. Or alternatively subjects which don’t attract the best students will close modules or be scrapped entirely. London Metropolitan University has lowered fees and cut 70% of its courses.

    These measures are the ones I think are most damaging but there is a list as long as my arm. Private ownership of Universities being another extremely damaging policy.

    Oh and if you want a liberal feminist slant on the subject one of the co-authors of the paper is the sexist as hell David Willets. “Women who would otherwise have been housewives have taken university places and well-paid jobs that could have gone to ambitious working-class men.”

  2. Equality & Diversity Officer
    Equality & Diversity Officer
    07/11/2011 at 4:45 pm Permalink

    Gemma, thanks for imparting your wisdom, your knowledge is fantastic! Apologies for the incorrect reference to NUS, I wrote the blog in a bit of a rush and failed to see the distinction. Thanks for your keen eye 🙂 As for the last comment from David Willets, I cannot actually believe a human being has said that. What a complete moron. I am in a rage. Gemma, I hope to see you there!

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